Selectmen vote to file injunction on adult toy store
Pembroke officials last night authorized the town attorney to take legal action against a new store that some believe will be selling explicit toys in downtown Suncook.
The selectmen met with the town attorney, Walter Mitchell, last night and voted unanimously to file an injunction in Merrimack County Superior Court to stop the store, Trevor’s Toybox, from opening. It was scheduled to open April 1, according to a post on Facebook.
Owner Larry Preston, a former town selectman, said last night he knew the board would meet with Mitchell but hadn’t expected any decisions to be made.
“Well, it takes me by surprise. I thought this was a non-meeting with the attorney,” Preston said. “I was unaware they would have any public session.”
The selectmen became aware of the store after a window display was erected two weeks ago featuring scantily-clad mannequins, one holding a whip and handcuffs. Residents and other business owners complained at the selectmen’s meeting last week.
Passive adult entertainment is allowed in a district in town near the Loudon and Concord borders, and in a district by Route 106 with a special zoning exemption.
Preston maintains the issue is a misunderstanding and said last night that the retail location will sell leather apparel, similar to and including the leather chaps on the male mannequin in the window, while an online business will sell adult toys.
However, in addition to the claims that the business is out of order with town zoning, officials said last night none of the paperwork for converting the storefront from an office to a retail space has been filed.
“To operate, a business needs a certificate of occupancy and they haven’t been issued one,” said Town Administrator David Jodoin. “They won’t be issued one while this works its way through the court.”